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Wolf restoration in Colorado shows how humans are rethinking their relationships with wild animals

Environmental News Bits

by Christopher J. Preston, University of Montana From sports to pop culture, there are few themes more appealing than a good comeback. They happen in nature, too. Even with the Earth losing species at a historic rate, some animals have defied the trend toward extinction and started refilling their old ecological niches.

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Canada Commits Nearly $306M to Enhance Great Lakes Water Quality

Environment + Energy Leader

"The Great Lakes are a source of drinking water for 40 million people, and this shared resource needs to be protected," Trudeau said. The post Canada Commits Nearly $306M to Enhance Great Lakes Water Quality appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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When Is It Legal to Consider Race in Regulating?

Legal Planet

On Halloween, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in cases brought by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) against Harvard and UNC. These cases seem likely to move the Court closer to requiring colorblindness. How would that impact EPA’s ability to pursue environmental justice? Based on comments of the Justices during the arguments in the Harvard and North Carolina cases, observers believe that the Court will sharply cut back on the use of affirmative action by colleges and universities, possib

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The Energy Transition: Buildings are Key in 2023

Environment + Energy Leader

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the current built environment is responsible for nearly 30% of global energy consumption and over 90% of buildings in the US are under 50,000 square feet. The post The Energy Transition: Buildings are Key in 2023 appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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La agricultura de California tiene un desempeño económico sobresaliente, pero ¿a qué costo?

Union of Concerned Scientists

Yo era ingeniero agrónomo. Imagino que técnicamente todavía lo soy, pero ya hace algún tiempo (desde que estudié un posgrado y descubrí el activismo) que comencé a trabajar a nivel de sistemas, y ahora soy Ingeniero de Sistemas Socioambientales. Observar el medio ambiente de manera holística me ha ayudado a entender muchos de los desafíos que experimentamos hoy en día en California, especialmente en cómo se practica la mayor parte de la agricultura.

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Closing the Loop: How LyondellBasell & EEW Energy from Waste are Advancing Plastic Recycling

Environment + Energy Leader

LyondellBasell and EEW Energy from Waste announced they have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to explore a long-term strategic partnership to extract and recycle plastics out of incineration waste streams. The post Closing the Loop: How LyondellBasell & EEW Energy from Waste are Advancing Plastic Recycling appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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A New Era of Energy in Alberta: Harnessing the Power of Geothermal Energy

Environment + Energy Leader

Alberta now has the opportunity to capture geothermal heat energy and generate power with zero GHG emissions. The post A New Era of Energy in Alberta: Harnessing the Power of Geothermal Energy appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Proposed Legislation Would Make Groundwater Adjudications More Fair

Legal Planet

Photo by Russ Allison Loar via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) By Adrianne Davies, Owen McAleer, and Gabi Rosenfeld California’s groundwater adjudication process is complex and inaccessible for many water users. As students in UCLA Law’s  California Environmental Legislation and Policy Clinic , we partnered with State Assemblymember Lori Wilson’s office to find ways to improve this process.

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Graham Packaging’s 2022 ESG Report: Achieving Sustainability Goals and Innovating Packaging Solutions

Environment + Energy Leader

Graham Packaging intends to achieve a 25% energy reduction by 2028 and increase the use of PCR materials by incorporating an average of 20% PCR across all bottles by 2025. The post Graham Packaging’s 2022 ESG Report: Achieving Sustainability Goals and Innovating Packaging Solutions appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Restoring just nine groups of animals could help combat global warming

New Scientist

Protecting or expanding the populations of nine key groups of animals, including wolves and whales, would remove huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere

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Implementing D.E.J.I. Strategies in Energy, Environment, and Transportation

Speaker: Antoine M. Thompson, Executive Director of the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition

Diversity, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion (DEJI) policies, programs, and initiatives are critically important as we move forward with public and private sector climate and sustainability goals and plans. Underserved and socially, economically, and racially disadvantaged communities bear the burden of pollution, higher energy costs, limited resources, and limited investments in the clean energy and transportation sectors.

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Babbitt Ranch Energy Center To Power Over 40,000 Homes for SRP Customers

Environment + Energy Leader

“In our efforts to support the delivery of renewable energy, we acknowledge the terrific and wonderful participation of so many businesses and government entities involved in the process to make this happen,” said Babbitt Ranches President and General Manager Billy Cordasco. The post Babbitt Ranch Energy Center To Power Over 40,000 Homes for SRP Customers appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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The Future Is All-Electric. Why Are We Spending Millions on Gas?

NRDC

Gas rates are high and poised to get higher. States are running out of time to keep energy costs low with a managed gas transition.

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‘Rewilding’ Parts of the Planet Could Have Big Climate Benefits

Inside Climate News

Restoring fish, bison, gray wolves and other animals in key regions is possible without risking food supplies, and could remove nearly 500 gigatons of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2100. By Bob Berwyn Restoring populations of land and marine animals in targeted “rewilding” zones would speed up biological carbon pumps that remove carbon dioxide from the air and sequester the greenhouse gas where it doesn’t harm the climate, new research shows.

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Water Crisis in Philly Highlights Our Broken National System

NRDC

An industrial chemical spill upstream of the city’s water intakes is poised to contaminate the water supply. If you feel like you’ve seen this movie before, it’s because you have.

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Shaping a Resilient Future: Climate Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Speaker: Laurie Schoeman Director, Climate & Sustainability, Capital

As households and communities across the nation face challenges such as hurricanes, wildfires, drought, extreme heat and cold, and thawing permafrost and flooding, we are increasingly searching for ways to mitigate and prevent climate impacts. During this event, national climate and housing expert Laurie Schoeman will discuss topics including: The two paths for climate action: decarbonization and adaptation.

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THE CROTON SEED POTENTIAL

Cleannovate

I weaved my way through the different exhibition booths.

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Reducing inequality could see world population fall to 6 billion

New Scientist

A projection of how the global population will change by the Club of Rome is far below United Nations estimates and numbers could drop even faster if we invest more in reducing poverty and inequality, it says

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2023 WOTUS Rule Enjoined in Texas and Idaho (Or “Here We Go Again”)

Acoel

Posted on March 27, 2023 by Karen Aldridge Crawford On March 19, 2023, a federal district court in Texas granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the January 2023 Revised Definition of Waters of the United States (2023 WOTUS rule) promulgated by Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers (the agencies), 88 Fed. Reg. 3004 (Jan. 18, 2023) from being implemented or enforced within the borders of Texas and Idaho.

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Should you be worried that an AI picture of the Pope went viral?

New Scientist

You may have seen these images of Pope Francis looking stylish in a puffer jacket on social media, but you might not have realised they were created by the artificial intelligence tool Midjourney

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Sustainability at Retail

Sustainability impacts every nation, company, and person around the world. So much so that, in 2015, the United Nations (UN) issued a call for action by all countries to work toward sustainable development. In response to this and as part of a global Sustainability at Retail initiative, Shop! worked collaboratively with its global affiliates to address these critical issues in this white paper.

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Monday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 3.27.23

PA Environment Daily

Are You Telling Your Story? House holds Regular Session April 24, 25, 26 -- Committee Schedule -- Updated: House Budget Hearing Schedule - March 27, 28, 29, 30, April 11, 12, 13, 14 Senate holds Regular Session April 24, 25, 26 -- Committee Schedule -- Updated Senate Budget Hearing Schedule - March 27, 28, 29, 30, April 11, 12, 13 TODAY’s Calendar Of Events TUESDAY 1:00: Senate Budget Hearing - Agriculture.

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Four Lesser-Known Marine Mammals

Ocean Conservancy

When we talk about marine mammals, we often talk about the same cast of characters: blue whales, bottlenose dolphins, manatees and humpback whales, for example. And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating these incredible marine mammals, there are others that are often excluded from the spotlight. Today, we’re highlighting a few lesser-known marine mammals that deserve their time to shine.

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Registration Open! 2023 Watershed Forestry Summit In Altoona

PA Environment Daily

Registration for the in-person 2023 Watershed Forestry Summit is now open! The Summit will be held at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA, on June 14 -15, with an optional pre-conference field trip day on June 13th. DCNR and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy invite all watershed forestry professionals, decision makers, and volunteers are encouraged to join!

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Luke Potgieter: Prioritizing sites to manage invasive aliens in urban ecosystems

The Applied Ecologist

Shortlisted for the Georgina Mace Prize 2022 In their latest research article, Luke Potgieter and colleagues developed a strategic, spatial prioritization approach for identifying sites most vulnerable to new or expanding terrestrial non-native plant invasions in urban landscapes. Cities have historically been under-studied in ecology and have not seen sufficient development of conservation and biodiversity management policy.

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Millions of People Living with HIV Are Alive, Thanks to a 20-Year Public Health Effort

Scientific American

Being infected with HIV is no longer a terminal diagnosis, but researchers are looking to fill the gaps that remain to ensure treatment reaches all who need it

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The Susquehanna Greenway: A Corridor for Wildlife

PA Environment Daily

By Susquehanna Greenway Partnership As we welcome spring across the Susquehanna River Valley, more and more of us will be throwing on our outdoor gear and venturing outside to enjoy the many parks and trails of the Susquehanna Greenway. This 500-mile corridor of parks, trails, conserved lands, and communities along the Susquehanna River, provides a host of active and passive recreation opportunities to enjoy this spring.

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The hunt for black holes older than the universe itself

New Scientist

Primordial black holes older than the big bang could rewrite cosmology by providing evidence for a previous universe.

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Wearable Brain Devices Will Challenge Our Mental Privacy

Scientific American

A new era of neurotechnology means we may need new protections to safeguard our brains and mental experiences

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The Future Is All-Electric. Why Are We Spending Millions on Gas?

NRDC

Gas rates are high and poised to get higher. States are running out of time to keep energy costs low with a managed gas transition.

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Earth911 Podcast: Carbios’ Emmanuel Ladent on the Dawn of Enzymatic Plastic Recycling

Earth 911

Is plastic recycling at a turning point? Meet Emmanuel Ladent, CEO of Carbios, a Clermont-Ferrand, The post Earth911 Podcast: Carbios’ Emmanuel Ladent on the Dawn of Enzymatic Plastic Recycling appeared first on Earth911.

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Astronauts could mine drinking water from glass beads on the moon

New Scientist

Glass beads created by meteoroid impacts on the lunar surface should contain enough water for future astronauts to use

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If AI Starts Making Music on Its Own, What Happens to Musicians?

Scientific American

Music made with artificial intelligence could upend the music industry. Here’s what that might look like.

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Second District Affirms Judgment Upholding Water Code CEQA Exemption, Rejects Plaintiff’s Attempt To Extend CEQA Review And Findings Requirements To Regional Water Board’s Approval Of Waste Discharge Permits

CEQA Developments

On February 27, 2023, the Second District Court of Appeal (Division One) filed its published decision in Los Angeles Waterkeeper v. State Water Resources Control Board (2023) Cal.App.5th , a case mainly focused on water law but which also has some significant CEQA implications. Briefly put, the petitioner in Los Angeles Waterkeeper attempted to bypass a statutory limitation on CEQA review through an action that would, if successful, have resulted in the imposition of additional substantive and

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JWST finds the planet TRAPPIST-1b may not have an atmosphere

New Scientist

Many researchers thought the worlds orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1 would have thick atmospheres, but new observations of one of them show that it doesn’t

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Disaster survivors need help remaining connected with friends and families – and access to mental health care

Environmental News Bits

by Daniel P. Aldrich, Northeastern University and Yunus Emre Tapan, Northeastern University The earthquakes that struck southeastern Turkey and northern Syria in early February 2023 have killed at least 47,000 people and disrupted everyday life for some 26 million more.

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